Taste Washington is expanding it's wine and food event to two days. (Image courtesy Taste Washington)
Washington's biggest wine event is getting even bigger.
"It's already the nation's largest single region wine and food event, but this year it's bigger and better than ever," said Dave Blandford, with the Seattle Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, speaking about Taste Washington, coming up at the CenturyLink Event Center March 31 to April 1.
"We've actually expanded it from one day to two days," said Blandford, in an appearance on Northwest Vine Time. "So it really takes up the whole weekend."
The event will feature over 200 wineries and 50 area restaurants. There will be several seminars on food and wine pairings, including presentations from Seattle Kitchen host and Northwest restaurateur Tom Douglas and the crew from celebrated Seattle restaurant Canlis.
"It's so easy to taste, talk, sample food, and take some seminars," said Blandford. "Everything is right there for you."
Blandford said a main benefit of the event for Northwest wine enthusiasts is having everything in one place.
"It's a wonderful trek to do wine tasting in Eastern Washington or throughout Oregon, but bang for buck - one weekend, one city, all of those fantastic wineries and restaurateurs in one great place," said Blandford. "It's a fantastic deal."
Tickets for the event start at $75. VIP passes can be purchased for $125 and provide early entry, which Blandford said, "really gives you a jump start."
Blandford also recommends coming up with a game plan before the event to get the most out of the experience.
"You can certainly strategize your visit to Taste Washington by going to the website TasteWashington.org, and you can actually download the event program so you can surf the map, see what's featured, really stake out your claim for wine and food and seminars and all that good stuff before you go."
Taste Washington will be held at the CenturyLink Events Center March 31-April 1.
By JAMIE GRISWOLD, MyNorthwest.com Editor